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Types Mus. Comp. Zool. Harvard.
diagnosis A small, strikingly colored species of the flavensHNS group, similar in various traits to alticolaHNS, chalcaHNS, ebeninaHNS, euryscopaHNS, hedlundorumHNS, lustrataHNS, monteverdensisHNS, palenquensisHNS, and serviliaHNS, differing as follows.
Major: reddish brown with strongly contrasting pale yellow tibiae and tarsi, and head bicolorous; region between eye and occipital border irregularly rugoreticulate, occipital margins and center of clypeus smooth and shiny, and rest of dorsal surface of head carinulate; almost all of mesosoma smooth and shiny; humerus subangulate in dorsal-oblique view; postpetiole diamond-shaped from above.
Minor: almost all of head and body smooth and shiny; occiput broad and strongly concave; humerus subdenticulate in dorsal-oblique view.
Measurements (mm) Holotype major: HW 0.60, HL 0.64, SL 0.38, EL 0.10, PW 0.34. Paratype minor: HW 0.38, HL 0.40, SL 0.36, EL 0.06, PW 0.24.
Color Major: body, coxae, and femora medium reddish brown; head anterior to eyes yellow; antennae, tibiae, and tarsi pale yellow. Minor: head and body medium brown; coxae and femora light brown; antennae, tibiae, and tarsi very pale yellow, almost white.
Range Southern Mexico: known from several lowland forested localities in Veracruz, and from forest 7 km south of Valle Nacional, Oaxaca, at 450 m.
biology At the type locality, in degraded lowland forest, I found two colonies nesting in small rotting tree branches in the ground leaf litter, and another colony under the bark of a large rotten log.
Figure Upper: holotype, major. Lower: paratype, minor. MEXICO: Pueblo Nuevo, near Tetzonapa, Veracruz (E. O. Wilson). Scale bars = 1 mm.
Found most commonly in these habitats: 85 times found in 2º wet forest, 87 times found in tropical moist forest, 55 times found in lowland wet forest, 60 times found in tropical rainforest, 50 times found in lowland rainforest, 33 times found in 2º lowland rainforest, 27 times found in 2º lowland tropical rainforest, 25 times found in mesophil forest, 14 times found in 2ndary liquidambar forest, 5 times found in lowland tropical rain forest, ...
Found most commonly in these microhabitats: 249 times ex sifted leaf litter, 209 times at bait, 5 times foragers at cookie bait, 3 times forest litter, 1 times foragers, 1 times flight intercept trap, 1 times beating vegetation.
Collected most commonly using these methods: 209 times Baiting, 207 times MiniWinkler, 29 times MaxiWinkler, 5 times hand collecting, 7 times Berlese, 5 times Winkler, 4 times Night MiniWinkler, 1 times Flight Intercept Trap, 1 times beating.
Elevations: collected from 50 - 2400 meters, 367 meters average
Type specimens: paratype Pheidole albipes: jtlc000016316